Jesse Jackson Jr., Wife Going to Prison
He gets 30 months, she gets 1 year in staggered sentences
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2013 12:16 PM CDT
Updated Aug 14, 2013 12:56 PM CDT
Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandra, arrive at federal court in Washington Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Jesse Jackson Jr. wept in court today, apologized for using $750,000 in campaign funds as his personal piggy bank, and then took his lumps: 30 months in federal prison and three years' probation, reports the Chicago Tribune. “I am the example for the whole Congress,” he said. “I understand that. I didn’t separate my personal life from my political activities, and I couldn’t have been more wrong.” The former Illinois congressman added an unusual request: He wants to serve his time in Alabama because "I want to make it a little inconvenient for everybody to get to me.”

His wife, Sandi, then got sentenced to 12 months in prison for filing false tax returns about their income, reports AP. She wept, too. “My heart breaks every day with the pain this has caused my babies,” she said, referring to their two children, ages 9 and 13. Because of the kids, the judge will allow the Jacksons to stagger their sentences and to decide themselves who goes first, reports the Sun-Times. Interesting part noted by the Tribune: The judge made a point to sentence Sandi Jackson to exactly one year, not the more common one year and one day. The latter would have made her eligible for time off for good behavior. Now she must serve her full term.

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njgreen
Aug 15, 2013 7:37 AM CDT
Here's a composite example based on multiple true stories: over the course of several years, a procurement manager at a hospital manages to embezzle $750K through phony orders, kickbacks, etc. They happen to be a black/white/latino male/female who earns about $45K annually with benefits. They use the money to buy the same nice flashy things that Jesse Jr. did. Then they get caught. Do you honestly think they'd only get 30 months in jail? Try 5 years. Let's say their spouse was involved also. They also have two young children at home. Do you really think the judge would give them staggered sentences? There is a two-tiered justice system in this country, but it only appears to be race-based. It's actually class-based.
Libris_Fidelis
Aug 15, 2013 2:36 AM CDT
Let's set something straight here...... it was Jesse Jackson Jr. who CONTACTED AUTHORITIES saying he would cooperate in the investigation... and DID! Jesse Jackson Jr. did not try to hide anything. Both Jacksons have stood for the rights of the lower class! This is a sad day when our country exonerates REAL criminals.... Why did the people in our society who are so stupid let Richard Nixon be illegally pardoned by Gerald Ford, and let Ronald Reagan start wars after he put Saddam Hussein into power in Iraq and then enter into illegal drug dealing to fund war and to overthrow other nations' leaders, followed by George H. W. Bush getting our nation convicted of war crimes in Nicaragua and further funding the Iraq-Iran war with drug sales, and why did the people of our USA allow the Democratic Party to stop the Republican Party from impeaching George H. W. Bush ??? Why was our public so stupid while George W. Bush started another war that the United Nations said was illegal in two more countries and why did our country allow George W. Bush to terminate our U.S. Constitution with the unPatriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act? Why is it only Jesse Jackson Jr. going to jail and none of the former criminals I just mentioned... and there are many more than that deserving to have gone to jail AND NEVER DID !!!!
Libris_Fidelis
Aug 15, 2013 1:52 AM CDT
Today is so sad, the sentencing of Jesse Jackson Jr. for illegal political campaign finance violations! For almost a year in the AFL-CIO News Blog I promoted and extolled the virtues of Jesse Jackson Jr., urging people to promote Jackson Jr. for the next presidency of our USA, who if people wanted an African American rather than choosing the dishonest Barack Obama who is an Establishment plant in the Democratic Party, they could have chosen an African-American man of proven integrity! And Jesse Jackson Jr. is an intelligent, articulate man... a genuine progressive liberal rather than the lying criminal Barack Obama who has not been brought to trial for doing the very same things to destroy our U.S. Constitution just like George W. Bush did! Why is it people can praise Barack Obama who is a traitor and liar to our country and who is persecuting two heros to our nation Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden... and yet it is Jesse Jackson Jr. who is going to prison for much less serious charges? I have written many times in Newser that Jesse Jackson Jr.'s father, Jesse Jackson Sr., would have NEVER abused campaigning financing... in fact the senior Jackson had a totally honorable campaign record in his political run for our U.S. President! Therefore I have to wonder how such an intelligent man as Jesse Jackson Jr. could ever consider misappropriating nearly $750,000 in campaign contributions, he really is an intelligent man, and I am sure he never let his father know about taking money from his campaign contributions for his personal use, because Jesse Jackson Sr. would have admonished his son for even thinking of doing so! Where do we get public figures we can look up to in this commercial communist country of our United States of America, when the people in our society are so stupid as to let Richard Nixon be illegally pardoned by Gerald Ford, and let Ronald Reagan start wars after he put Saddam Hussein into power in Iraq and then enter into illegal drug dealing to fund war and to overthrow other nations' leaders, followed by George H. W. Bush getting our nation convicted of war crimes in Nicaragua and further funding the Iraq-Iran war with drug sales, and why did the people of our USA allow the Democratic Party to stop the Republican Party from impeaching George H. W. Bush ??? Why was our public so stupid while George W. Bush started another war that the United Nations said was illegal in two more countries and why did our country allow George W. Bush to terminate our U.S. Constitution with the unPatriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act and then why was our public so stupid that they allowed Barack Obama to REPLACE the three genuine Democratic Party candidates in the 2008 election which was clearly staged to stop Hillary Clinton? And everything Barack Obama has done as U.S. President has been a total lie in favor of The Establishment in addition to renewing the unPatriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act which both acts utterly discard our U.S. Constitution in its entirety? I think that if our U.S. public had even the brains of a third-grader that the treasonous political machine running our nation would never have stopped Jesse Jackson Jr. from becoming our President and that he never would have even thought of stealing money out of his campaign contributions! I think Jesse Jackson Jr. would have been too busy serving our country in honest ways... that it is the political corruption of our country that has resulted in preventing a man of Jesse Jackson Jr.'s caliber from performing to his capacity and that is the reason for his deviant behavior. Now Jesse Jackson Jr.'s political career is forever ruined. He didn't "keep his nose clean" in this corrupt commercial-communist country of our United States of America because an honest and good man like Jesse Jackson Jr. cannot overcome the obstacles and sabotage of a corrupt country with such a stupid public. And I think there is where the blame belongs, and I know my honest and knowledgeable words will go right over the heads of 90% of our nation's adult population as they play in the adult playground sandbox of life.